Wisconsin High Court Rejects Union Claims


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Rejecting public union claims of unconstitutionality, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 4-3 on Tuesday to uphold a law enacted by the Wisconsin Legislature limiting collective bargaining rights under some circumstances.  The Supreme Court action brings to a close a tumultuous four month period when public unions attacked Governor Scott Walker and Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature who were merely making good on campaign promises to reduce the State budget.  Original attempts to block the passage of the legislation came in the form of the Democrats fleeing the state to prevent the vote from taking place.  This cowardly action was followed by huge rallies in which the unions brought in protesters from all over the Mid West to protest what they claimed to be their “rights.”

Following passage of the bill, the union folks immediately brought suit challenging the constitutionality of the adopted law.  Union forces won a temporary victory when a lower court enjoined enforcement of the law, not because it infringed on employee rights as claimed by the unions, but on technical grounds that the measure was adopted without adequate notice.  Yesterday’s Wisconsin Supreme Court action put to rest any claims regarding the validity of the law.

Will this end the matter for Wisconsin (and for the rest of the country?)  Of course not.  Selfishly never wanting to give up a single scrap of public money, the public unions now say that the battle will move to the ballot box – this is something that I actually agree with.  What I find distasteful is that the public unions will launch this election attack using taxpayer dollars collected from mandatory member fees to attack elected incumbents.  This is a battle that is being played out not only in Wisconsin, but right here in Orange County as well.


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